As you're driven north, swerve back into Wales to take an early lunch at Sosban and The Old Butchers in Menai Bridge. This beautiful brightly coloured restaurant serves diners seven courses of dishes decided on the day, with no menus to peruse or pick through beforehand. Previous highlights have included Smoked cod with dried ox heart and cauliflower, which gives a clue to how inventive and playful the kitchen can be.
If you’ve got time, walk through the Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens for some fresh air, then spend the next three hours pondering your meals so far as you venture into Cumbria to visit the first of two new one-star restaurants, Gilpin Hotel and Lake House. With nine courses of food that combine regional ingredients, classic flavour combinations and innovative flair and presentation, this is a country house hotel with a difference.
Hopefully you’ve left some room for the final restaurant on today’s itinerary, as it’s just a stunning twelve-mile drive along the coast of Lake Windermere (if you’re starting to flag, a brisk hike up and down nearby Orrest Head should help with digestion and will reward you with beautiful views across the entire lake). Forest Side is an incredible gothic mansion is home to a restaurant run by ex-head forager of L’Enclume, Kevin Tickle. Championing Cumbrian produce above all else, the ten-course tasting menu also features lots of weird and wonderful wild ingredients like pickled allium flowers, sunset velvet, loganberries and verbena. It’s best we call it a night at this point, so book yourself into one of the twenty bedrooms and get ready for the final restaurant on the agenda.
Courses eaten: 26
Miles travelled: 343